Valentine’s Day is only a couple weeks away and it is coming up quickly. I want to be prepared for it so I’m starting to plan now. It’s time to show the people in our lives how much we love them.
Summer is upon us and for many of us that means summer picnics and potlucks. One of my favorite things to bring to a potluck is fresh fruit – basically because it is healthy, everyone loves it and you really can’t mess it up – but sometimes I want to impress the party host, usually my in-laws, so I have to step up my game with the watermelon boat. There are many creative ways to make a watermelon boat. I am going to show you a fun and easy way to make a nice one. Please leave your comments below and tell me how you would dress up yours.
Choosing your fruits
The first thing you need to do is pick out your fruits. You can pick whatever you like, but try to get a variety of different colors. Here are the fruits I will be using: watermelon, cantaloupe, green grapes, red grapes, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries and star fruit. There, that takes care of the entire rainbow.
When choosing a watermelon I like to find one that has a nice clean rind. Bonus if you can find one with a nice flat spot so the boat doesn’t rock, you don’t want to rock the boat baby! However, you can always shave off a little of the rind to make a flat spot for the boat to sit.
Clean before you cut
When you get your fruits home make sure to clean them all, even the cantaloupe and watermelon. You need to do this so that when you cut through the fruit, the dirt and bacteria from the outside of the fruit does not transfer through when you cut into it.
Making your boat
Find the spot on your watermelon that you want to be the bottom and set it on your platter. With a large chef’s knife begin cutting a “lid” off of the watermelon, about 1/5 of the way down. You can always keep cutting to make a bigger opening in your boat, it is really up to you how far down you want to go, but start small. Set the lid aside. Now it is time to get the meat out of the melon. You can do this with a melon baller or I like to cut in between the rind and the meat and start cutting a grid pattern in the meat and pulling out the pieces of watermelon with a fork. Set the watermelon aside to add to your fruit mixture later. Continue doing this until all you have left is the rind.
Now begin making a zig-zag pattern along the top edge of the watermelon. At this point you should cut all of your fruit and fill your boat; after that is complete it is time to decorate! Please note that I did not do this when I was taking photos for this blog and it was tricky getting the fruit in after and not ruining my garnish so take it from me and add the fruit first. Here is the list of supplies I am using: toothpick umbrellas, one lemon, fruit from my mixture and regular round toothpicks. Start by making kabobs with your small pieces of fruit, making sure to cover one pointed end of the round toothpick so no one gets hurt and keeping about an inch on the other side of the toothpick to stick into the watermelon. Make cute lemon swirls by slicing the lemon into thin slices, cutting a slit from the edge to the middle and picking up the slice and folding it to make a swirl, stick the lemon swirl on a toothpick to hold its shape. Once you have added your kabobs around the boat you can add your toothpick umbrellas to complete the look.
Tip for preparing early
When you are preparing your watermelon boat in advance I would recommend that you do everything except garnish. Wrap everything in plastic wrap and bring to your destination. You will want to wait until just before or a couple hours before serving to garnish. This it the easiest part of making the boat so it should not take long, about 10 – 15 minutes.
A long blog, but it is actually pretty simple to make! Happy Summer!
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Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers, it is for everyone! So I wanted to do something fun and different this year. I have no grandchildren and I remind my kids of that fact whenever I get a chance and they continue to ignore me, which is probably the smart thing to do. I did the next best thing and had my two favorite neighbor kids, Hudson and Brooklyn, stop over for breakfast and they love to make things. After talking it over with them we did a Valentine’s Day breakfast ahead of time so that they could make something yummy for their mom and dad on Valentine’s Day. We decided on everybody’s favorite, Funfetti Pancakes. This is a very easy recipe and it is a fun recipe to get the kids involved in the kitchen and cooking. You can also get creative with a variety of fruit and different colors of sprinkles. Why would you make plain pancakes when you can make these colorful and tasty ones with the kids? Have fun decorating them and, best of all, have a little fun with the whipped cream. Enjoy…we all did!
- 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
- 2-T. Granulated Sugar
- 1-1/2-tsp. Baking Powder
- ¼ tsp. Salt
- 1 Cup Milk
- 1 Egg
- ½ tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 2 T. Butter, Melted
- 5-6 Medium-Sized Strawberries, sliced
- 1 or more Heart Shaped Metal Cookie Cutter(s)
- Sprinkles of your choice
- Pancake Syrup
- Confectioners’ Sugar (optional)
- Whipped Cream (optional)
- In a small bowl, mix together milk, egg and vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in the milk mixture, mixing well and then adding in the melted butter and stirring until combined.
- Heat a sauté pan over medium-low heat and butter or spray it with cooking spray. Spray a metal heart shaped cookie cutter with cooking spray and place it in your pan.
- Once hot, scoop a small amount of batter into the cookie cutter.
- Immediately lay 1 strawberry slice in the middle of your pancake, gently press in.
- Sprinkle with sprinkles and let it cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown, flip to the other side and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.
- To serve, place strawberry side up and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar if desired or pancake syrup and a dollop of whipped cream and of course… more sprinkles!
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Cooking with Berries
When you’re cooking with berries, you have a lot of options. Berries are pretty versatile – you can often swap out one for the other in a recipe. Just make sure you wait to wash your berries until you’re ready to eat or cook with them. Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries will hang on to the water you rinse them with and that will make them spoil a bit faster.
You can eat ’em straight up no problem – these berries are perfect for snacking and a light, sweet dessert. If you want to kick things up a notch, try some of these great recipes for berries and let us know what you think! Continue reading “Best Recipes for Berries”
May is Strawberry Month, May 20th is Pick Strawberries Day and May 21 is Strawberries and Cream Day. Apparently the universe wants us to celebrate this fabulous fruit – and who are we to argue?
Health Benefits of Strawberries
Strawberries are incredibly good for you – thanks to being high in antioxidants, vitamin C and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
How to Store Strawberries
Berries are pretty delicate – so if you want your strawberries to last make sure you don’t wash them unless you’ll be using them right away. They also like humidity – so keep them in your fruit bin in the refrigerator if possible. They’ll also last longer if they’re stored, unwashed, in a closed container.
Recipes for Strawberries
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